Two goals from Serge Gnabry and one from Robert Lewandowski have given Chelsea a big hill to climb in the second leg of this Round of 16 tie if they are to stay in the Champions League. Also Read - Former Chelsea Star Ashley Cole Attacked by Masked Robbers, Tied to Chair: Reports
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In the first half of what at that stage was a typically edgy contest for a first leg, Bayern had hit the bar with a header from their 2012 Champions League final scorer Thomas Muller, and Willy Caballero in the Chelsea goal was busy in keeping Lewandowski at bay, but the Blues had their moments too with Alonso threatening to repeat his goal against Spurs at the weekend when he had a shot saved just before half-time.
Once Bayern had taken the lead however, their control on the game tightened and Chelsea were limited to an off-target Mason Mount shot and a couple of balls across the face of goal in our attempt to gain a stronger foothold in the tie. Alonso’s sending off for catching Lewandowski with his arm came with six minutes left on the clock.
The Blues had been unlocked by some incisive attacking play by our experienced opponents, part of our steep learning curve.
Early in the second half, Chelsea were asking themselves how we hadn’t found the net when Mount was away but was battled off the ball before making a clean strike, and Barkley then hit it straight at Neuer as he followed up. VAR might have ruled Mount offside anyway.
Following that, the game turned firmly in Bayern’s direction with two goals in three minutes. Both came from swift moves, the first allowing Lewandowski to centre for Gnabry to finish first time from close range and the second when Chelsea defences were outmanoeuvred down our right and the same player picked out the far bottom corner with his shot across Caballero.
Bayern’s third came with 76 minutes played when full-back Alphonso Davies escaped the attention of several Chelsea players. Lewandowski waiting at the far post for his 11th goal of this Champions League campaign had a simple task.